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The Rings

I remember fifty years ago today. I was perplexed when I heard the news. Why, I asked? It was 1968. One of the more turbulent years in our country’s history.

There is no MLB question today.

And fifty years later, this is in the Trib:

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, lit into U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump during an interview in Waco on Tuesday, suggesting the two Republicans were inciting fear in Texas voters. 

“Let me tell you what the president and our junior senator are doing right now,” he said at an event hosted by The Texas Tribune. O’Rourke was being interviewed by the Tribune’s CEO, Evan Smith. “They want you to be afraid of Mexicans. When they call them rapists and criminals, and say only a wall will keep them out.”

O’Rourke is challenging Cruz in the November election. During the interview, he often referred to Cruz as “our junior senator,” rather than by name. And he criticized Cruz and Trump on their positions regarding LGBT people. 

“And that … is bullsh_t, and we’ve got to be bigger and stronger and more courageous than that,” he added. “And I know that we are. I know that we are.” 

What else do you expect from Trump and Cruz, fifty years later.

The H-Town City Council will take up the post-Harvey proposed regulations on development. Let’s hope lessons were learned. Let’s hope they listen to the folks who put H-Town first.

The Chron E-Board has a take on the proposed regulations and here is how their take ends:

Voters should pay special attention to council members who oppose the new rules. In next year’s city elections, residents will undoubtedly have Harvey on their minds when deciding which politicians have Houston’s best interests at heart.

With these rules on the books, city officials can focus on other steps necessary to mitigate future flooding, like creating new flood infrastructure; better equipping the Houston Fire Department to conduct water rescues; and reducing runoff, such as by eliminating minimum parking requirements. The city must also consider buying out hundreds or thousands of homes in flood zones and converting the land to green space.

Houston needs to finally start reversing the consequences of unrestrained, careless development.

If our leaders refuse to, we may well have to change City Hall’s name to Swamp Castle.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Monty-Python-antics-amok-as-City-Hall-debates-12803387.php.

Baseball was at its best last night at The Yard. The ring ceremony was first class. The ring itself is beautiful and says H-Town, Houston Strong. It is an H-Town original for sure with the skyline. It is the coolest ring I have ever seen.

Last night we had an inside-the-park dinger by Carlos Correa. Josh Reddick stole a dinger with a spectacular snag, he also had a two-run blast, then a grand salami. We won 10-6 and had dollar dogs to boot. I don’t know if there will be a better game to watch this season.

We are 5 and 1. Pretty good, don’t you think?

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